Saturday, November 06, 2010

John Yancey & Elizabeth Cosby Yancey.

Here is some information that may be of some help for those looking into this family line.

John Yancey.

Birth: abt 1755, LOUISA CO., VA.
Death: abt 1799, LOUISA CO., VA.
Wife: ELIZABETH COSBY, married, Abt. 1775?, LOUISA CO., VA.


Jane Cosby Yancey, born, 21 Oct 1778 LOUISA CO., VA., .death, 22 Apr 1860 SUMNER CO., TN., husband SKELTON SMITH, married, 21 Nov 1799 LOUISA CO., VA.

Mary Yancey.
Birth: ABT 1780 ? LOUISA CO., VA., husband, JOHN W FRANKLIN, married, 17 Oct 1828 SUMNER CO., TN.

Library of Congress.

FEBRUARY 16, 1861.
For the relief of the children of Elizabeth Yancey, widow of John Yancey.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, arid he is hereby, directed to pay to Jane C. Smith and Mary Franklin, heirs of Elizabeth Yancey, the amount of pension to which she would have been entitled, at the rate of eighty dollars per annum, from the eleventh of December, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine, to the nineteenth of December, eighteen hundred and forty-eight.
Passed the House of Representatives February 16, 1861.
Attest: J. W. FORNEY, Clerk.

Joseph Berry Of Iowa.

Here is some information on Joseph Berry, there’s not a lot of information here but it may help those looking into this family line.

Joseph Berry.
Birth: Unknown.
Death Unknown.
Wife: Cathrine Leighty

Mary E. Berry.
Birth: Unknown.
Death: Unknown.
Husband: George W. Fleming, married, 11 APR 1880 Elk, , Clayton, Iowa

Louisa Berry.
Birth: Unknown.
Death: Unknown.
Husband: William H. Fleming, married, 17 OCT 1880, Elk, Clayton, Iowa.

Library of Congress.

JULY 11, 1868.
Granting back pension to the minor children of Joseph Berry.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the name of Mary E. Berry and Louisa Berry, minor children of Joseph Berry, late a private in company B, fourth regiment of Iowa volunteers, commencing October twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and to continue until November twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven. Passed the House of Representatives July 9, 1868.
Attest: EDWARD McPHERSON, Clerk.

Colonel Thomas Knowlton

Colonel Thomas Knowlton.

Birth: Nov. 30, 1740, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Death: Sep. 16, 1776, Harlem, New York County, New York.
Burial: Westford Hill Cemetery , Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut.

Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer. The Father of American Military Intelligence. Born in West Boxford, Massachusetts, when he was eight, his family relocated to a farm in Ashford, Windham, Connecticut (current property of the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation). In 1755, at fifteen, Knowlton served in the French and Indian War with his older brother Daniel. He enlisted in Captain John Durkee's company, and is known to have joined Daniel on scouting missions into enemy territory.

He served during six campaigns in the war and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1760. He also fought in Israel Putnam's company against the Spanish at the Battle of Havana, Cuba in 1762. By 1762, Knowlton had returned home and married Anna Keyes. He and his wife raised nine children. At the age of thirty-three, Knowlton was appointed a Selectman of Ashford, Windham, Connecticut. Thomas Knowlton is considered America's first Intelligence professional, and his unit, Knowlton's Rangers, made a significant contribution to intelligence gathering during the early Revolutionary War.

Knowlton was killed in action at the Battle of Harlem Heights. The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought in the New York Campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The action took place in what is now the Morningside Heights and west Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan in New York City on September 16, 1776. According to the Connecticut Society of Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Knowlton was buried with military honors in an unmarked grave at what is today the intersection of 143rd St. and St. Nicholas Ave. in New York City.

Knowlton's Rangers.

After the American defeat on Long Island, Aug. 27, 76, a small body of select troops was organized for special service along * ^ the lines and placed under the command of Lieut. -Col. Thomas Knowlton of Durkee s Conn. Kcgt. 20th Continental. Col. Knowlton, a veteran of the French and Indian war, had distinguished himself at Bunker Hill and in one or two subsequent exploits during the siege of Boston, and was peculiarly fitted to lead a partisan corps. The detachment in question, known as Knowlton s " Rangers," was composed of officers and men chosen from different regiments, to which they were to return when no longer needed. Knowlton appears to have selected officers whom he knew, which accounts for the large proportion from Connecticut; the men also were largely from the same state. The command was small, not over one hundred and thirty or forty. Its first service gave it no little reputation in the army. After the retreat from New York, Sept. 15, 76 the troops in general being more or less depressed Washington ordered Knowlton to move out early on the 16th from Harlem Heights and ascertain the position of the enemy. Knowlton marched over Bloomingdale Heights, and found the enemy soutposts somewhere along the line of 110th St. on the main road, now Broadway. A skirmish occurred and Knowlton fell back to the American lines, then stretching along 125th St. from vicinity of 8th Avenue west to the Hudson. The British Light Infantry followed him. Washington thereupon directed Knowlton to attack again, turning their right, while other troops attacked them in front and left. A successful engagement followed, the enemy being driven back over the Bloomingdale grounds with loss. In the affair, Knowlton was mortally wounded, and died during the action, greatly regretted. In General Orders of Sept. 17, Washington referred to him as " the gallant and brave Col. Knowlton who would have been an honour to any country."

Knowlton s Senior Captain Stephen Brown, of Woodstock succeeded to the command of the "Rangers," but in a few days returned to his regiment Durkee s. The other captains, so far as the records indicate, were Thomas Grosvenor, of Pomfret, and Nathan Hale, of Coventry. Grosvenor seems to have retired with Brown, and Hale, the "Martyr Spy," was then absent within the enemy s lines. As the next commander of the "Rangers," Washington appointed, Oct. 1, 76, Maj. Andrew Colburn, of Nixon s Mass. Regt. He was wounded before the end of the month and retired. The command devolved thereafter upon Lieut., afterwards Captain, Lemuel Holmes, of Sargeant s Mass. Regt. Upon the withdrawal of the army to White Plains and subsequently through New Jersey, it was proposed either to disband the " Rangers " or have them accompany the main force; but Col. Robert Magaw, of Pennsylvania, then commanding at Fort Washington, on New York Island below King s Bridge, urgently requested their continuance with him as being his main dependence for the security of his outposts. They accordingly remained on the Harlem lines until Nov. 16, 1776, when Fort Washington and the entire garrison were captured by the enemy.

The "Rangers" thus disappear as prisoners. Oliver Burnham, one of the detachment afterwards Judge Burnham, of Conn. writing after the war, says: "We remained until the sixteenth of November in this situation (" near Harlem ") when we were warmly engaged on all sides. We were about two miles below the fort and well sustained the attack until the enemy made good their landing across Harlem River, when we had hard righting to reach the fort. Just as we had reached the gate, the flag went out and surrendered the fort and ourselves prisoners of war."

Library Of Congress.

DECEMBER 22, 1837.

For the relief of the children aiid heirs of Colonel Thomas Knowlton, deceased.

Be it enacted by the Senate anti House of Representatives of the United States of .America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to the children and heirs of Colonel Thomas Knowlton, deceased, who was a lieutenant colonel in the army of the Revolution, and slain in battle on the sixteenth day of September, seventeen hundred and seventy-six, the seven years’ half pay allowed to the widows or orphan children of such officers as should be slain or die in the service, by a resolve of Congress, passed the twenty-fourth day of August, seventeen hundred and eighty; together with such in1terest thereon as would now be due if certificates had duly issued for the same, and had been funded under the act of August fourth, seventeen hundred and ninety.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Coloner Thomas Gardner 1775.

Thomas Gardner.

Birth: About 1723.
Death July 3, 1775.
Father: Richard Gardner
Mother: Elizabeth Winchester
Wife: Joanna SPARHAWK, married June 12, 1755, Cambridge, MA.

Petition of Joanna Gardner.
Library of Congress.

Joanna Gardner states that she is the widow of the late Colonel Thomas Gardner, who was wounded in the battle of Charlestown, on the 17th day of June, 1775, and who died of his wounds on the 3d day of July following.

That she was left with three small children, and had to encounter many difficulties in bringing them up; that she has not received the relief provided by the resolution of Congress for the widows and children of officers who have died in the army since the month of August, 1775.

That she does not apprehend it was the intention of Congress to make any discrimination between the widows and children of officers who died in the service, on account of the time when such event took place. She therefore prays that the benefit of the aforesaid resolution of Congress may be extended to her and her children.

Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the Revolutionary War.

Thomas Gardner, service record.

Gardner, Thomas. Colonel; pay roll of field and staff officers who marched in consequence of the alarm of April 19, 1775, dated Prospect Hill; service, 5 days; also, order of the day dated Cambridge, May 23, 1775 ; reported field officer of the day for May 23, 1775; also, order of the day dated June 14, 1775; reported field officer of the day for June 14, 1775 ; also, general order dated Headquarters Cam- bridge, July 22, 1775, making disposition of the forces about Boston and dividing the army into 3 grand divisions to consist of 2 brigades each ; said Gardner's regt. assigned to a brigade to be commanded by Brig. Gen. Green which was to form part of left wing or 2d division of the army under Maj. Gen. Lee, and to be stationed at Prospect Hill.

Charles W. Wilcox.

Charles W. Wilcox.

Birth: November. 26, 1829.
Death: March 16, 1863.
Burial: Buchanan Cemetery, Neoga, Cumberland County, Illinois,
Wife: Unknown.
Child: Charles E. Wilcox, 1862-1874.

Service Record.

Name WILCOX, CHARLES WILLIAM, Rank CPL, Company B., Unit 97th., ILL., U. S. Infantry, Residence CUMBERLAND CO, ILL., Age 32, Joined When AUG 8, 1862, Joined Where CUMBERLAND CO, ILL., Period 3 YRS, Muster In SEP 8, 1862, Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, ILL. Remarks; ACCIDENTALLY WOUNDED DIED MAR 10, 1863 AT MILLIKENS BEND.

Library of Congress.

FEBRUARY 10, 1868.

Granting pension to the widow and minor children of Charles
W. Wilcox.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension rolls, subject to the provisions and limitations of the pension laws, the names of the widow and minor children of Charles W. Wilcox, late of company B, ninety-seventh Illinois volunteers, commencing March sixteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.
Passed the House of Representatives February 7, 1868.
Attest: EDWARD McPHERSON, Clerk.

Wadleigh Noyes, 1777.

Wadleigh Noyes.

Birth: September 9, 1745, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
Death: October 27, 1777.

Father: Jonathon Noyes
Mother: Lydia Bancroft

Brother & sisters: Mary Noyes, born 19 APR 1744 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.  Joseph Noyes, born 18 JUN 1747 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 28 JUN 1824. Eliphalet Noyes, born 15 JUL 1749 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Lydia Noyes, born 25 JUL 1751 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Dudley Noyes, born 25 JUL 1751 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Rebecca Noyes, born 11 FEB 1754 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Rebecca Noyes, born 09 APR 1756 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. . Aaron Noyes, born 17 FEB 1758 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 23 OCT 1834. Jonathon Noyes, born 09 MAR 1763 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Lydia Noyes, born 02 MAY 1765 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 10 FEB 1853. Susanna Noyes, born 02 APR 1769 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

Wife: Hannah Smith, marriage, 1768.

Children: Moses Noyes, born 20 AUG 1771 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 1855. Abigail Noyes, born About 1773 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts. Wadleigh Noyes, born 1775 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 1832. Samuel Noyes, born About 1777 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, death 1791.

Military Service.

Wadleigh Noyes, deceased, was a lieutenant in the 9th Massachusetts regiment; and that he was mortally wounded at Saratoga the 7th of October, 1777, of which wounds he died the 27th day of the same month and year. That the widow of the deceased lieutenant having intermarried, the present petition is presented in behalf of her three children, had by the said Wadleigh Noyes, deceased. That the said widow or children have not received any compensation for the seven years’ half-pay in such cases allowed by the United States.

Noyes, Wadleigh, Newbury. Sergeant, Capt. William Rogers's co. of Minutemen, Col. Samuel Gerrish's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 9 days ; also, Capt. William Rogers's co.. Col. Gerrish's regt.; return of effectives made by said Noyes, dated Maiden, July 28, 1775; also, same co. and regt. ; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 28, 1775; service, 3 mos. 11 days; also, Capt. Rogers's (8th) co., Lieut. Col. Loammi Baldwin's (late Col. Gerrish's) .38th (also given 37th) regt. ; pay abstract for Aug., 1775, dated Chelsea; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775] ; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Chelsea, Dec. 28, 1775; also, list of recruits for the new establishment in Col. Baldwin's regt., approved by Brig. Gen. W. Heath in Camp at Cambridge, Dec. 30, 1775; Capt. Rogers's CO. ; also. Ensign, Col. Loammi Baldwin's (26tli) regt. ; return dated Cam- bridge Camp, Jan. 8, 1776, made by Col. Loammi Baldwin, of commissioned officess in 26th regt. ; also. Ensign, Capt. Ezra Badlam's co., Col. Baldwin's regt.; pay abstract for Jan., 1776, etc. ; also, receipt given to Col. Baldwin, for ration allowance from Jan. 1, 1776, to April 1, 1776, dated New York ; oAso, Capt. Badlam's co.. Col. Baldwin's regt. ; pay abstracts for Feb.-June, 1776, dated New York ; also, list of men appearing on a bill for work done by them ; receipt on reverse, given to Col. Baldwin by said Noyes, Lieutenant, dated New York, Aug. 11, 1776 ; also, return of the sick in Capt. Badlam's co. made by said Noyes, Ensign, dated North Castle, Nov. 17, 1776; also, return dated Mixfield, Pa., Dec. 29, 1776, of men belonging to Col. Baldwin's(26th) regt. who marched on expedition to Trenton Dec. 26, 1776; also. Lieutenant, Col. James Wesson's regt. ; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Oct. 27, 1777; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. Samuel Carr's co., Col. Wesson's regt. ; return dated Jan. 25, 1778 ; reported wounded Oct. 7, 1777, died Oct. 27, 1777 ; also, list of officers belonging to 9th Mass. regt. who died or were discharged subsequent to Jan. 1, 1777, as certified by Col. J. Wesson, dated West Point, Sept. 12, 1779 ; reported killed Oct. 27, 1777.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Murder 1824-1866.

Any of these names would make a interesting story for this site, if any one has any information on these names I would like to hear about.

Note. The dates before the name is not the date of the event, but the date that it was put before Congress.

1. 1860, Margaret Ann Marble, praying that she may be permitted to enter a certain tract of land improved by her husband, who was murdered by the Indians at Spirit Lake, in the State of Iowa

2. 1860, James Harriot, praying permission to enter as a preëmptor one hundred and sixty acres of land settled on and improved by his son, who was murdered by the Indians at Spirit Lake.

3. 1842, Samuel Downing, administrator of Samuel Downing, one of the securities of Leroy Opie, late a paymaster in the army of the United States, who was murdered and robbed while in the discharge of his duty.

4. 1866, Mrs. Amarilla Cook, widow of John B. Cook, late deputy provost marshal of the 16th congressional district of Ohio, who was murdered at Cambridge, Ohio, on the 5th day of March, 1865, by deserters from the United States army, whom he was attempting to arrest.

5. 1864, The citizens of Newton, Massachusetts, praying that provision may be made for the benefit of the father, mother, and sister of Eben White, 2d lieutenant of company B, 7th United States regiment of colored troops, who was murdered at Benedict, Maryland, October 20, 1863, by John Southron and his son, to be realized from the confiscation of the property of said Southron.

6. 1829, Mary White, widow, and Sarah White, only child of Benjamin White, deceased, stating, that the deceased was the second officer of the American ship Wabash, and was murdered on board said ship in Mocoa roads, by some of the natives of China; that the masters of the vessels of various nations, then lying in and near the harbor of that place, raised, by voluntary contributions, a small sum of money for the relief of the petitioners, which was invested in 45 chests of tea, and a box of silks; that the said tea and silks have arrived in Baltimore, and praying for a remission of the duties thereon.

7. 1824, John Seay, of the State of Louisiana, praying compensation for a negro man, that he alleges was murdered by soldiers of the United States, in the year 1823

8. 1854, The Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the facts connected with the recent death of James Batchelder, a deputy marshal of the United States, who, it is alleged, was murdered on Friday last, whilst engaged in enforcing a law of the Union against a violent and treasonable mob in the city of Boston; and if they find, as reported, that he was killed whilst in the performance of this patriotic duty, and has left a widow and children, that they further be instructed to report a bill making some proper and liberal provision for their relief.

9. 1820, William Russum and Clement Stanford, sureties of Algernon S. Stanford, deceased, a deputy collector of direct taxes and internal duties in the state of Maryland, under George Brown, principal collector, stating, that the said deputy collector, while in the discharge of his official duties, was murdered and robbed of a considerable sum of public money, by some unknown person or persons; that the principal collector has obtained a judgment against the petitioners for a large amount, on account of the defalcation of the deceased, which they are unable to discharge, and praying Congress to remit so much of the claim of the United States against the said principal collector as he is answerable for, over and above what may be made out of the estate of the said Algernon S. Stanford;

10. 1858, Ann Mathieson, praying remuneration for the property of her husband who was murdered by the Indians.

11. 1869, Sarah Lyons, widow of Captain Francis Lyons, who was murdered by southern guerillas, praying for pension.

12. 1866, Annie E. Dixon? widow of Major Henry T. Dixon, late of the United States volunteer service, who was murdered in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, by a late rebel surgeon, praying to be allowed a pension.

13. 1830, Matilda B. Dunn, widow of Thomas B. Dunn, late Superintendent of the United States' Armory at Harper's Ferry, and who was murdered while in the discharge of his duty, praying that provision may be made for the maintenance of herself and the children of the said Thomas B. Dunn.

14. 1840, Panchita Gracias, widow of Joseph Gracias, a mail-carrier, who was murdered on the 15th day of February, 1840, while carrying the mail between Peblo and St. Augustine, East Florida, by Indians, who captured and carried away a pair of horses and harness, a gun and two pistols, and sundry other articles belonging to her husband, praying remuneration therefor; and also, that a small annuity may be granted her.